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The Amazing Race: China Rush

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The Amazing Race: China Rush
English logo

Chinese logo
Also known as极速前进:冲刺!中国
GenreReality competition
Created byElise Doganieri
Bertram van Munster
Based on
The Amazing Race
  • Bertram van Munster
  • Elise Doganieri
Directed byChad Grochowski
Presented byAllan Wu 吴振天 (previously known as 吴振宇)
Theme music composerJohn M. Keane
Country of originChina
Original languagesChinese
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes36
Executive producerXia Jing
ProducersYi YangTian, Diao ShuWen, Julliet Pan
EditorsJulliet Pan
Yi YangTian
Running time60-90 minutes
Production companiesFly Films (2010)
She&Jul Films (2011)
Boxtop Studios (2012)
Original release
NetworkInternational Channel Shanghai (English)
Dragon TV (Chinese; since season 2)
ReleaseAugust 8, 2010 (2010-08-08) –
November 11, 2012 (2012-11-11)
International versions

The Amazing Race: China Rush (Chinese: 极速前进:冲刺!中国; pinyin: Jísù Qiánjìn: Chōngcì! Zhōngguó) is a Chinese reality competition show based on the American series The Amazing Race. Following the premise of other versions in the Amazing Race franchise, the show follows teams of two as they race across China. Each season is split into legs, with teams tasked to deduce clues, navigate themselves in foreign areas, interact with locals, perform physical and mental challenges, and travel by air, boat, car, taxi, and other modes of transport. Teams are progressively eliminated at the end of most legs for being the last to arrive at designated Pit Stops. The first team to arrive at the Finish Line wins a trip for two around the world.

In March 2010, a Chinese version of the show was announced by the Disney-ABC International Television Asia Pacific. The show was produced by Shanghai-based international production company Fly Films,[1] which had previously produced Shanghai Rush in 2009, a showed heavily influenced by The Amazing Race. The first series was filmed in April/June 2010 and broadcast in August 2010 by International Channel Shanghai.[2] Starting with the second season, it was announced that Dragon TV would broadcast a Chinese-language version of the show. The host for the show is Singapore based Chinese-American actor Allan Wu,[3] who was also the host of The Amazing Race Asia.

The Race[edit]

The Amazing Race: China Rush is a reality television competition between teams of two in a race around China. Each season starts in Shanghai and is divided into a number of legs wherein teams travel and complete various tasks to obtain clues to help them progress to a Pit Stop where they are given a chance to rest and recover before starting the next leg. The first team to arrive at a Pit Stop is often awarded a prize, while the last team is normally eliminated (except in non-elimination legs, where the last team to arrive may be penalized in the following leg). The final leg is run by the last three remaining teams, and the first to arrive at the final destination wins a trip around the world.


Each of teams are composed of two individuals who have some type of relationship to each other.

The participants speak both Chinese and English. The contestants chosen to appear are from various countries and not solely from China, however these contestants must be living in China for a period of time in order to apply.

Route Markers[edit]

Route Markers are yellow and red flags that mark the places where teams must go. Most Route Markers are attached to the boxes that contain clue envelopes, but some may mark the place where the teams must go in order to complete tasks, or may be used to line a course that the teams must follow.


Clues are found in sealed envelopes, normally inside clue boxes. They give teams the information they need and tasks they need to do in order for them to progress through the legs. Clues are written in both Chinese and English.

  • Route Info: A general clue that may include a task to be completed by the team before they can receive their next clue.
  • Detour: A choice of two tasks. Teams are free to choose either task or swap tasks if they find one option too difficult.
  • Roadblock: A task only one team member can complete. Teams must choose which member will complete the task based on a brief clue about the task before fully revealing the details of the task.
  • Fast Forward: Introduced in Season 3. A task that if completed allows a team to skip all remaining tasks in the leg and go directly to the Pit Stop. A team may only use the Fast Forward once.


Teams may encounter the follow obstructions that could potentially slow them down:

  • U-Turn: A station located after a Detour where a team can force another trailing team to return and complete the other option of the Detour they did not select. Season 2 introduced the Double U-Turn which allows two teams to exercise their U-Turn power.
  • Yield: A station where a team can force another trailing team to wait a pre-determined amount of time before continuing racing. In the first two seasons, the teams had to wait until a spiral of incense finished burning, which took 15 minutes. Starting with Season 3, an hourglass filled with sand was used, which took 20 minutes.
  • Intersection: Introduced in season 2, this sign indicates that two teams must complete further tasks together until a clue indicates that they are no longer Intersected.


At the beginning of each leg, teams receive an allowance of cash, usually in U.S. dollars, to cover expenses during the legs (except for the purchase of airline tickets, which are paid-for by provided credit cards provided).

Teams then have to follow clues and Route Markers that will lead them to the various destinations and tasks they will face. Modes of travel between these destinations include commercial and chartered airplanes, boats, trains, taxis, buses, and rented vehicles provided by the show, or the teams may simply travel by foot. Each leg ends with a twelve-hour Pit Stop (提示) where teams are able to rest and where teams that arrive last are progressively eliminated until only three remain. The first teams to arrive at the Pit Stop win prizes, usually from the show's sponsors.

Non-elimination legs[edit]

Each season has a number of predetermined non-elimination legs, in which the last team to arrive at the Pit Stop is not eliminated and is allowed to continue.

  • Speed Bump: A task that only the team saved from elimination on the previous leg must complete before continuing on.

Unusual elimination[edit]

  • Introduced in the third season, an unusual elimination occurred at the Starting Line where only ten sets of bus tickets were available to the first destination city, and the season began with eleven teams. After 10 teams completed the task at the starting line and received tickets to their first destination, the last team remaining was eliminated; however, at the Pit Stop later, the last team was not being eliminated.

Virtual Pit Stops[edit]

Introduced in the second season, a virtual pit stop is counted as an actual pit stop where teams do not rest, beginning the next leg immediately without receiving the usual money or prizes (hence, virtual).

Rules and penalties[edit]

Most of the rules and penalties are adopted directly from the American edition; but in some of cases, this version has been seen to have a unique set of additional rules.


  • Unlike the American, Australian, and Asian versions, there seems to be no rule prohibiting hitchhiking, as teams in the second season rode in private vehicles on a few occasions with no penalty.


  • If a team member helps their partner with a Roadblock, they will be issued a 30-minute penalty at the Pit Stop before being allowed to check in.
  • Failing to complete a challenge will result in a 2-hour penalty (4 hours in season 1) that must be served before teams can receive their next clue.
  • Teams failing to place their backpacks in the designated area at a challenge will be issued a 30-minute penalty at the Pit Stop before being allowed to check in.


Season Broadcast Winners Teams
Premiere Date Finale Date
1 August 8, 2010 (2010-08-08) October 30, 2010 (2010-10-30) Australia, United States: Charlie Gale & Rachel Chen 10
2 August 7, 2011 (2011-08-07) October 23, 2011 (2011-10-23) United States, Germany: Lily Li & Jan Höpper 11
3 August 26, 2012 (2012-08-26) November 11, 2012 (2012-11-11) China: Liu Weiwei & Lei Sheng


Country Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Australia Winner 1 / 2nd 2 4th 1 5th 1
Canada 4th 1 11th 1 11th 1
China (Host) 2nd 1 / 3rd 3 / 5th / 8th / 10th Winner / 2nd 2 / 4th / 8th / 9th / 11th 1
England 5th 1
Germany Winner 1
Ghana 11th 1
India 3rd
Kenya 10th
Latvia 8th
Malaysia 6th
Mexico 9th
New Zealand 4th 1
Scotland 10th 1
Sweden 5th 1
Ukraine 6th 1
United Kingdom 6th 1
United States Winner 1 / 4th 1 / 5th 1 / 6th / 7th Winner 1 / 2nd 1 2 / 7th 3rd / 7th / 10th 1
  indicates the winning country.
  indicates the runner-up country.
  indicates the third-place country.
  indicates the country did not participate.

^1 Sarah & Molly, Karen & Lisa, Charlie & Rachel, Paul & Nash, Elena & Tameka, Matt & Kylie, Simon & Katherine, Lily & Jan, Jia Jia & Rob, Nick & Brandon and Janelle & Karin are all teams which representing 2 different countries.
^2 Australia, China and United States each was the winner and the runner-up in a different season.
^3 The both runner-up teams in season 2 was from China.

place Country Winner Runner-up Third-place Total
1st United States 2 1 1 4
2nd China (Host) 1 2 1 4
3rd Australia 1 1 0 2
4th Germany 1 0 0 1
5th India 0 0 1 1
6th Canada 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0
Ghana 0 0 0 0
Kenya 0 0 0 0
Latvia 0 0 0 0
Malaysia 0 0 0 0
Mexico 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0
Sweden 0 0 0 0
Ukraine 0 0 0 0
United Kingdom 0 0 0 0
Total 5 4 3 12

Locations visited[edit]

After three seasons, The Amazing Race: China Rush has visited 17 provinces, including the claimed Taiwan Province, and 3 municipalities.

Provinces and municipalities visited by The Amazing Race: China Rush.
Rank Province Season visited Pit Stops
1 Shanghai 3 (1, 2, 3) 21
Yunnan 3 (1, 2, 3) 5
Zhejiang 3 (1, 2, 3) 4
4 Guangdong 2 (1, 2) 2
Jiangsu 2 (1, 3) 4
Shandong 2 (1, 2) 3
Sichuan 2 (1, 3) 32
8 Anhui 1 (3) 1
Beijing 1 (1) 1
Chongqing 1 (2) 1
Fujian 1 (2) 1
Guizhou 1 (3) 1
Heilongjiang 1 (3) 1
Henan 1 (3) 0
Hunan 1 (2) 1
Jiangxi 1 (2) 1
Jilin 1 (3) 1
Qinghai 1 (2) 2
Shanxi 1 (3) 1
Taiwan 1 (3) 1

Awards and nominations[edit]

Summary of awards and nominations
Year Award Category Nominated Result Ref
2011 Asian Television Awards Best Adaptation of an Existing Format Season 1 Nominated [4]
2012 Asian Television Awards Best Adaptation of an Existing Format Season 2 Won [5]


  1. ^ Includes 2 Finish Lines.
  2. ^ Includes 1 Finish Line.


  1. ^ "FlyFilms". Archived from the original on September 1, 2011.
  2. ^ "Amazing Race Heads into China". Retrieved 2010-03-18.
  3. ^ "Let the race begin! 'Amazing Race: China Rush' airs this weekend". CNN Go. 2010-08-06. Retrieved 2010-08-07.
  4. ^ "2011 Winners". Asian Television Awards. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  5. ^ "2012 Winners". Asian Television Awards. Retrieved 1 November 2020.

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